Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Chat with Rothgar from The Viking's Witch





Hi everyone,
I’m sharing a fun Who's Your Hero? interview with Rothgar, the sexy hero from The Viking’s Witch.
It was originally posted on Katherine Givens's blog:


Enjoy!


Kelli


Today we’re chatting with Rothgar, the hero from The Viking’s Witch, a Gold IPPY award winning historical romance. Before Rothgar answers our questions, let’s learn a bit about the book.

The Viking’s Witch
About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.

Katherine: How would you describe yourself?
Rothgar: A strong warrior who does not tolerate disloyalty or fools. I’ll fight for a cause I believe in, but I cannot stomach excess violence or abuse toward women. I’m a disciplined man who stands by my word and I expect the same from others. 

Katherine: What is your most important goal in life?
Rothgar: Now that Odaria and I have settled into a peaceful home life, my main goal is to provide for her and keep her safe. Odaria likes adventure, so I also strive to keep our lives interesting and make sure we never grow bored. 

Katherine: Who is the one person you respect and trust?
Rothgar: A man must trust his wife! Odaria has proven that she’s unlike any other woman, and I trust her with my life. I have the utmost respect for her and know that she will fight with me, and for me, if necessary. I also have great respect for my berserkr friend, Nordskog. His great courage and loyalty saved Odaria and me from certain death.

 Katherine: What is your greatest fear?
Rothgar: (Pauses and closes his eyes.) Losing Odaria. I lost my first wife and son in a tragic fire, and I would never be able to live through something like that again. 


Katherine: What is the biggest obstacle you've overcome?
Rothgar: I had to overcome many obstacles in my life – a major one was learning to carry on after my first wife died. For a few years after that terrible tragedy, I gave up raiding and traveling and was considered “soft” by many warriors. (Laughs). I’ve certainly overcome any reluctance to show them my stronger side – and many of them still have the bruises and scars to prove it! Sailing to Scotland and meeting Odaria renewed my strength and self-confidence and gave me a second chance at a happy life.

Katherine: Who is the love of your life?
Rothgar: Odaria, of course. I was fond of my first wife, but she didn’t sparkle like Odaria does. There’s a magic between us that most men can only dream of knowing.

Katherine: Do you remember when you first met Odaria?
Rothgar: Of course! I rescued the poor girl from a vile attack, and to repay my kindness, she hit me! I had never known a woman like her before—soft and tender one minute and feisty and fighting the next. I was impressed by her strength (she had just been tied to a stake and nearly burned to death), and her ability to cope with tragic situations. Later, when she wept like a frightened girl, I saw how vulnerable she was deep down, and my heart melted.

Katherine: What was the one thing you had to overcome to win her?
Rothgar: Winning Odaria’s heart wasn’t easy. When we first met, she didn’t trust me at all, and after the way she had been treated in the past, I could see why. But after a little while, we grew to trust (and love) each other, but she always worried that I would betray her. In a way, I did, but I did it for a good cause. Naturally, she didn’t see things my way and I had to earn her trust all over again.

Katherine: What was the sweetest romantic gesture you ever did for her?
Rothgar: When we were in Scotland, I gave her flowers and a gold brooch that made her happy. (I also did some rather naughty things with her in the bedchamber that I would not dare repeat here!) Now that we’re home, I’ll surprise her with flowers, jewelry, or a very romantic night spent under the stars. 

Katherine: If Odaria could describe you in one word what would it be?
Rothgar: Sexy? Strong? Virile? Brave? Bold? (Laughs.) Although all of those are true, knowing Odaria the way I do, if you asked her the question, she’d tell you: “Mine.”


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About Kelli A. Wilkins
Kelli’s romances span multiple genres, including historical, fantasy, gay, contemporary, and paranormal. Her first Medallion Press romance, The Viking’s Witch won a Gold IPPY Award for best romance e-book in 2013. Look for her next Medallion Press release, Dangerous Indenture, in May 2014.

Kelli has also published fifteen romances with Amber Quill Press. Her most recent, Ultimate Night's Delights, an erotic historical, was released in September 2013.

Learn more about Kelli’s romances on her site: www.KelliWilkins.com and her weekly blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Ultimate Night's Delights Interview with Romance Author Kelli Wilkins



Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing an interview about my latest erotic historical romance, Ultimate Night's Delights!  I talk about the book, the series, the writing process, and more. 
Enjoy!
Kelli



What is your most current work?

My 15th erotic romance from Amber Quill Press is titled Ultimate Night’s Delights. It’s the final novella in a series that began with A Midsummer Night’s Delights and continued with A Midwinter Night’s Delights. Although all three stories are connected, they each stand alone as individual reads. I think fans of the first two novellas will find this one to be a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Ultimate Night’s Delights
Julian and Annabelle are back for the final ball!

The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer and Midwinter Balls changed Julian and Annabelle forever. Freed from their inhibitions, they now help other shy couples explore their sexual urges and hidden desires.

But life on Vincent and Sabrina’s estate is anything but tranquil. The notorious Duke of Blackwell has discovered the secret about the naughty balls and is out to destroy the marquis.

Vincent refuses to deny the rumors about the “anything goes” parties he hosts, and turns to his friends for assistance. Together, they devise a plan to defeat the Black Duke…and still find time for a few erotic games.


Read excerpts, summaries, and reviews of A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights on each book’s page on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com





What inspired you to write Ultimate Night’s Delights?

This story is the final chapter in a series that began with A Midsummer Night’s Delights. When I wrote the first book, I never intended to write a sequel and had no idea I’d be starting a trilogy. 

After I finished the second book, A Midwinter Night’s Delights, I wrote a few other romances, and then started toying with ideas for a third novella that tied everything up. Readers and reviewers fell in love with the characters from the first two books and wanted more. I was happy to round out the series with Ultimate Night’s Delights. I leave everyone in a good place!

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

Each book comes to me in a different form. Sometimes I’ll have an entire story “jump” into my head, and I’ll know everything that happens to the characters. (That happened with A Perfect Match, A Most Unusual Princess, Trust with Hearts, and The Viking’s Witch.)

Other times, I’ll get bits and pieces of the story and parts of the characters. Once in a while, I’ll have a character come first, and once I get to “know” and develop the character, I’ll find out the story. Then the other pieces fall into place, like a puzzle. (That happened with Four Days with Jack, Beauty & the Bigfoot, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing, and Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover.)

Before I start a book, I think about the story. I need to know who the characters are and what’s going to happen to them. After that, I outline the scenes and start writing. As I write, I allow myself some leeway to explore things I hadn’t considered in my outline/list. I might add entire scenes or write scenes that are later omitted. Writing a new book is always an adventure for me and I never know where the characters or stories will take me.


What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?

Although Ultimate Night’s Delights is a historical fantasy, my romances span nearly every genre: historical, fantasy, gay, contemporary, and paranormal. Writing in different genres lets me explore different characters, plots, and settings, and keeps things interesting! I switch back and forth between genres depending on what story/plot I’m developing next.

My romances also vary in their heat levels. Some (A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord) are mild, while others (Ultimate Night’s Delights, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing) are super-hot. I like being able to write whatever genre, characters, and stories pop into my head – it helps keep me creative.

Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life?

All writing has some basis in real-world experience – but not in the ways most people think. I might get an idea for a story (let’s say, a man falls in love with the neighbor, or he has to rescue his love from a fiend) from reading an article, a dream, seeing a movie, or talking to someone. But as a writer, I use my imagination to take that “regular idea” and make it my own, with my characters, my plot, and my writing style.

The same works for creating characters. I’ve taken bits and pieces from real people and used some of their elements for my characters, but no one character is 100% anyone I know. I’m also a “people watcher” so I pick up character traits from observing people and how they act.

Because I write romances, people think the love scenes are “confessionals” or are inspired by what I do in my personal life. Not so! Let’s use the F word here – it’s Fiction.
Fiction is made up, no matter what inspires it. The characters in my stories are doing these things, not me.

And believe it or not, people have asked me if I “act out” the love scenes at home. I tell them I don’t act out what happens in my horror stories, so why would I act out my romances? I let them know I have a very vivid imagination and I can create anything—whether it’s a vampire story, a romance, or even a vampire romance!

What do you find the hardest part of writing?

The “hardest” part of writing is sitting down and doing the final set of edits/proofread. I go through the manuscript and make sure every word/sentence/paragraph is as close to perfect as it can be and it has enough details/ helps move the story along. I also check for repeated words or phrases and give everything a solid read. It’s not exactly fun, and it’s not terribly creative, but it does help to put a final polish on the book.

Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.

Here’s something surprising in this day and age: I write everything in longhand. When I get an idea for a story, I write my outline, let the ideas for the characters and plot marinate in my head for a while, and then go back and start writing on paper. After the first draft is complete, I type up the book. I add details and edit out parts I’m not crazy about as I go, so by the time I have a typed version it’s close to being a revised second draft.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
1970s stuff – love it. The music, the movies, everything.

Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I always listen to music while I’m writing. When I’m doing the actual writing of the book, I’ll listen to calming New Age music. When I’m typing/revising, I put on anything – oldies, rock, etc. to keep me motivated.

Music is important in two of my contemporary romances. In Trust with Hearts, the hero is country music singer and he uses music as a way to communicate with the heroine. (It also plays a secret part in the plot that I don’t want to give away.) And in A Perfect Match, I used songs and song titles in the background to set the mood for scenes and to describe the hero/heroine’s relationship.

Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?

I write one book at a time, but if I get another idea for a story while I’m writing, I’ll take a few minutes (or sometimes hours) to write out the idea or a quick outline while it’s still fresh.

After I finish the first draft of a book, I put it away for a week (or sometimes longer) and go write something else, then come back to the book. Being away from it for a while helps me see where scenes need to be added, deleted, or improved.

What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?

Right now, I’m writing a follow-up book to my contemporary wrestling romance, A Perfect Match. Everett, the secondary character (and Vin’s best friend) is getting his own story. I don’t have a title or a pub date yet, but I’ll keep everyone posted.

I also have two historical romances coming out this spring. Wilderness Bride is scheduled for release on March 30 from Amber Quill Press, and Medallion Press is publishing Dangerous Indenture in May. Stay tuned to my blog and newsletter for excerpts, summaries, and more details!

Readers can find me on the web here:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 90 short stories, fifteen romance novels (for Medallion Press and Amber Quill Press), and four non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to scare readers with a horror story.

Her most recent book, Ultimate Night’s Delights (an erotic historical) was released in September 2013. Look for two more historical romances coming soon: Wilderness Bride in March 2014 and Dangerous Indenture in May 2014.